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SFU researchers help develop AI tool for speedy COVID-19 diagnosis (Soyean Kim, PHC)

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Simon Fraser University researchers and Providence Health Care (PHC) are collaborating on a new artificial intelligence tool that will help diagnose COVID-19 quicker.

PHC leveraged SFU researchers’ expertise to validate a deep learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool to expedite the time healthcare professionals spend distinguishing between COVID-19 pneumonia and non-COVID-19 cases.

The tool, currently in the validation phase at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, enables a clinician to feed a patient’s chest x-ray image into a computer, run a bio-image detection analysis and determine a positive pneumonia case that is consistent with COVID-19.

“This multidisciplinary collaboration provided much needed validation of our models and expedited our development process, thereby directly assisting Providence Health Care’s efforts to plan for the urgent and ever evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis,” says Soyean Kim, director, Digital Products, Providence Health Care.

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